Applicants who have completed fewer than 60 transferable semester college units (fewer than 90 quarter units) are considered lower-division transfer students. Applicants who have completed 60 or more transferable semester college units (90 or more quarter units) are considered upper-division transfer students. Applicants who complete college units during high school or through the summer immediately following high school graduation are considered first-time freshmen and must meet the CSU minimum eligibility requirements for first-time freshman admission. Transferable courses are those designated for baccalaureate credit by the college or university offering the courses and accepted as such by the campus to which the applicant seeks admission.
Lower-Division Transfer Requirements
Due to increased enrollment demands, most CSU campuses do not admit lower-division transfer applicants.
Generally, applicants will qualify for CSU admission consideration as a lower-division transfer if they have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 in all transferable units attempted, are in good standing at the last college or university attended, and meet any of the following standards:
- Will meet the freshman admission requirements (GPA and subject requirements) in effect for the term to which they are applying (see “Freshman Requirements”); or
- Were eligible as a freshman at the time of high school graduation except for missing college preparatory subject requirements, have been in continuous attendance in an accredited college since high school graduation, and have made up the missing subject requirements with a 2.0 or better GPA.
Applicants who graduated from high school prior to 1988 should contact the admission office to inquire about alternative admission programs.
Lower-division applicants who did not complete subject requirements while in high school may make up missing subjects in any of the following ways:
- Complete appropriate courses with a C- or better in adult school or high school summer sessions.
- Complete appropriate college courses with a C- or better. One college course of at least three semester or four quarter units will be considered equivalent to one year of high school study.
- Earn acceptable scores on specified examinations, e.g., SAT subject tests.
Please consult with the CSU campus admission office to which you are applying for further information about alternative ways to satisfy the subject requirements.
Upper-Division Transfer Requirements
Generally, applicants will qualify for consideration for upper-division transfer admission if they meet all of the following requirements:
- Cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 in all transferable units attempted;
- In good standing at the last college or university attended; and
- Completed at least sixty (60) transferable semester (90 quarter) units of college level coursework with a grade point average of 2.0 or higher and a grade of C- or better in each course used to meet the CSU general education requirements in written communication, oral communication, critical thinking, and quantitative reasoning, e.g. mathematics.
The 60 units must include at least 30 units of courses that meet CSU general education requirements, including all of the general education requirements in communication in the English language (both oral and written) and critical thinking and the requirement in mathematics/quantitative reasoning (usually 3 semester units) OR the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) requirements in English communication and mathematical concepts and quantitative reasoning.
Associate Degrees for Transfer (AA-T or AS-T)
The Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) and the Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T) degrees offered at the California Community Colleges (CCC) are designed to provide a California community college student the optimum transfer preparation and a clear admission pathway to the CSU degree majors.
CCC students who earn an Associate Degree for Transfer (AA-T or AS-T) are guaranteed admission with junior standing to a CSU and given priority admission over other transfer applicants when applying to a local CSU campus or non-impacted CSU program. AA-T or AS-T admission applicants are given limited priority consideration based on their eligibility ranking to an impacted campus/program or to campuses/programs that have been deemed similar to the degree completed at the community college. Students who have completed an AA-T/AS-T in a program deemed similar to a CSU major are able to complete remaining requirements for graduation within 60 semester (90 quarter) units. It is the responsibility of the student who has earned an AA-T/AS-T to provide documentation of the degree to the CSU campus.
Note: CCC students may be eligible for the California Promise program (see the section in the Registration & Enrollment Chapter for additional information).
California Promise at Cal State East Bay
The California Promise is a program established through California Senate Bill 412 to facilitate graduation for transfer students who have completed an Associate Degree for Transfer. The California Promise program is open to California residents for purposes of in-state tuition eligibility.
Beginning Fall Semester, 2018, students eligible to join the California Promise Program must be:
- incoming transfers with an Associate Degree for Transfer relevant to their admitted major, and
- participants must be California residents for purposes of in-state tuition eligibility.
Once enrolled in the California Promise program, students must sign a pledge which states they will satisfy the requirements for continued enrollment in the Program.
- Successfully complete 30 units towards the degree every academic year (including Winter and/or Summer Sessions).
- Complete the degree program within two years for transfer students, beginning with the first term of enrollment.
- Maintain good academic standing, including a CSUEB GPA of 2.0 or above.
- Complete all required courses on the first attempt with the minimum grade requirements for the major.
- Complete a California Promise advising workshop and associated workshop requirements.
- Remain in the admitted major. (Students who change majors must receive approval from the California Promise advisor in the college of the new major, verifying that the change of major will allow the student to graduate in two years from their first term of enrollment as a transfer student.)
- Register for classes during the assigned California Promise priority registration window (within the first 24 hours of the registration appointment) and pay fees by the required deadlines.
Benefits of participating in the California Promise Program
- Advising specific to graduating in two years
- Early registration time
- On-time completion of the degree can save the student money.
Applying to Cal State East Bay’s California Promise Program
Messages will be sent to the student’s MyCSUEB account in May. Eligible incoming students (California residents admitted as a transfer with a verified Associate Degree for Transfer degree relevant to their admitted major) will receive a message in their MyCSUEB account after the Intent to Enroll deadline, sometime in the month of May. This will contain a link to submit the application to the California Promise program. Submission of application does not guarantee admission to the program. Applicants must have earned the Associate Degree for Transfer degree no later than at the time of admission.
For questions not addressed here, please contact the California Promise Advisor at: email@example.com